Turn Off the Dark

What role does the Bible play in your life?

 

 

 

Think of a time when experienced total darkness. What was it like?

 

 

 

 

 

What are some of the insights that came to you?

 

 

 

 

How do you see the Bible? rule book, handbook, devotional tool

 

 

 

 

Do you see it as a guide to Christianity or a guide to our humanity?

 

 

 

 

Verses to look up:

John 8:12           31-32

What is the light and darkness refer to?

Have you found liberation when following God’s teachings?

 

Psalm 16:11

11 You make known to me the path of life;
    you will fill me with joy in your presence,
    with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

 

Psalm 56:13

13 For you have delivered me from death
and my feet from stumbling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.

 

Psalm 89:15

15 Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you,
who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.

 

Psalm 119:105 

105 Your word is a lamp for my feet,
a light on my path.

 

 

Proverbs 16:25

25 There is a way that appears to be right,
but in the end it leads to death.

 

Isaiah 9:2

The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.

 

John 1:4

In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.

 

Questions

What do you think today’s society think about the Bible?

 

What are some ways you have seen the Bible used?

 

 

Why are there times we tend to resist scriptural instruction and not choose God’s light? What are some prominent reasons?

 

 

What are some different ways you learn using the Bible? What is most helpful to you?

 

 

Using the perspective of using the Bible to live a human life, how does that change how you study the Bible?

 

 

What can you do differently to access the Bible’s wisdom as a source of Light?

 

 

Personal Reflection

One way my attitude toward the Bible isn’t as faithful as it could be…

 

I could get more out of the scriptures if I were more disciplined to…

 

If I were to approach the Bible less as a means to understand facts and more on how to get instruction on how to live, that would mean…

 

Meditate on this

John 8:31-32

31 To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

Pray for the diligence to seek out God’s guidance in His word, for humility to receive it, for wisdom to apply it, and for courage to follow it.

 

 

 

Fight For Your Heart

Our heart is the core of our being.

It is the hub of our humanity. Think of spokes in a wheel and this wheel has 3 spokes: emotions, the mind, and the will.

The heart brings them all together.

 

 

Warm up Question

If you were to ask a close friend the following questions, what would they say?

Do I approach my life with my mind and think about a situation, with my emotions as a feeler, or my will as a doer?

 

 

 

 

The Video

Do you think people tend to favor their mind, will, or emotions?

  • The thinker relies on the mind
  • Emotions control actions of a person
  • A doer may stay busy to avoid the heart

 

 

 

What do you think about the people categories?

 

 

 

Is there anything that you can relate to regarding your own Life journey?

 

 

 

Proverbs 4:20-27

Verse 23- What does it mean to guard your heart? Why is that important?

 

 

Going Deeper

Ecclesiasities 3:11

Isaiah 61:1

Ezekiel 36:26; 37:4-5

Matthew 15:8-9

Mark 12:30

Romans 10:10

 

 

Many of us did not grow up in an environment that taught us to live with our heart. Why do you think that would be?

 

How do you stay balanced between emotions, thinking, and doing? How does someone get out of balance? What are the consequences? For you, what is harder to use?

 

How do you use your heart to balance everything?

 

Fight for your heart and fight with your heart; what does that mean to you?

 

What are some ways to practice using your heart?

 

How can restoring your heart to its proper role and engaging your heart more, lead you to experience a fuller humanity and enjoyment of God’s grace and Life?

 

Personal Reflection

I think more clearly by …

I feel more deeply by …

I will act more intentionally by …

The area of my life where I could use more passion is …